This French Normandy style estate is located at 4158 Commonwealth Avenue in La Canada Flintridge, CA. It was built in 1993 and boasts 11,700 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, dual sweeping staircase with wrought iron railings, hand painted murals, detailed crown moldings, gourmet kitchen, 2-story great room and more. The grounds include meandering paths, cabanas, dining terraces, streams, swimming pool with spa and beautiful landscaping. It is listed at $7,950,000.

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  • Daniel

    I actually like the exterior of the home a lot. Although the front and back look like different homes, I still think it looks pretty decent for a home built in 1993.

    The inside REALLY needs to be toned down. The entry foyer needs to be completely redone. I’d keep the chandelier but everything else needs to go. I like the paneling in the dining room but the extremely stuffy window treatments need to go. The kitchen looks odd – not completely out of date, but just about there. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of counter space; They should have made the island bigger. I hate the family room. I think that room shows the homes age the most.




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  • Gavin

    Excellently splendid and sumptuous, an escape from the modern ills of the world.

    The architecture is true to Normandy whereas so many other properties fail to theme and brand correctly – but that honesty remains for the exterior facade of the house only. The lounge or family room is atrociously poorly designed and not in accordance with the overall consistent design of the remainder of the house. It would have been whimsical if the kitchen hood had been designed in the Art Nouveau style after the entrance to the Métropolitain Abbesses station, designed by Hector Guimard.




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    • Jason

      sorry Gavin, but this is not at all French Norman architecture and therefor not correctly labeled. it’s French, but not the architecture of the region blends English Tudor influences with more cottage type and rustic elements. maybe you’re thinking more of the Loirre Valley region which has more grand chateauesque features. I do like the idea of the Art Nouveau style hood in the kitchen. it’s the most dreadful room in the house.




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      • Gavin

        Jason Obviously not the entrance facade but the tower and the poolview facade has very strong Normandy characteristics to it. I agree with you in respect that Normandy itself being at the crossroads that Tudor elements feature strongly, but as for pure French elements there is some parallels to the Château d’O in Mortrée and the Manoir de Coupesarte, Calvados (again looking at the towers and not at the Tudor influences.)




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  • Grrrowler

    The exterior is OK. I like the back more than the front; the front portico is a little overwhelming for my taste. The interior is way too exuberant for my liking. I like the proportions of the entrance foyer and stairs, but the details need to be toned down; there’s way too much going on. The rest of the interior doesn’t do much for me. The dining room curtains are ridiculously over the top, but then I realized where I’d seen them before: http://threadforthought.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Carol-Burnett-Show-Went-with-the-Wind-drape-dress-1976.jpg




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  • Mak

    The kitchen island isn’t right. It sits smack dab in the middle, too far from the stove to be of any use, and too far from the clean up area. It looks either like they should have had a double island.

    Also, hate the family room (if thats what it is) Strange design.

    I do love the pool, and the waterfall feature.




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  • Iemand

    Picture #1: not bad.
    But it goes down hill from there. Hideous interior.




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  • kieran

    This is really good considering its from 1993 -an era that should have never happened for Architecture, design and real estate

    Im sure the new owner will have those hideous curtains taken down before they move in




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  • Mark

    This is way overdone. No doubt they spent the money but its too opulent and forced. The oustide is attractive enough but the inside would overwhelm anyone. IT doesnt feel like a home at all. The kitchen needs to be redone its horrible the family room looks like its waiting for a pack of vikings to come in from a hunt. Not crazy about it but appreciate the work behind what took to get it there, having just remodeled my 4000 sq. food shingle and stone house in CT. (very retrained next to this)




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  • Venom

    Way way too much going on on the inside.
    Wow, that hurts my eyes.
    Outside is not bad.
    If you bought this home I don’t even know how and where you would need to begin to start fixing the inside.




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  • Siobhan

    Too White Housey. Too gilded. But, as usual for me, I love the kitchen




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  • Kyle

    The entrance is a bit overdone, it looks very wedding cake-ish, but otherwise I love most of it. And I like those dining room curtains!




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  • Chris

    GAUDY. Whoa, take a breather. WAYYYY TOO OVERDONE INTERIOR. lovely exterior though




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